County News

April 25, 2021



Shooting Sports will be held at Hawkeye College again!
This includes Shooting Sports and ARCHERY!

All on Saturday mornings:  9:00-10:45am - Shooting Sports    10:45 - 11:30am - ARCHERY

• May 8, 2021 - Please note date change!

 • June 5, 2021 

 • July - No classes

 For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older. You can bring a Friend, but if they are not enrolled in 4-H, they must do so by going to: enter as a new family and for the club choose Shooting Sports. Read more...

April 25, 2021

Please read for important details: DEADLINE is JUNE 1st!

You must be YQCA Certified to SHOW your market animal at 
2021 Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA FAIR! YQCA is done yearly.

After you have completed your training email your CERTIFICATE to Diane at

If you are showing at the 2021 Iowa State Fair you must do YQCA.

• To take the Online YQCA Training log into www, by June 1st each year! Cost is $12, paid online.


April 21, 2021


Robotics Design Workshop (Ages 12 - 16)

Dates: August 9th-13th, Morning Session (10:00 - noon)or Afternoon Session (1:00 - 3:00)

Register Here!

Workshop Description:

April 20, 2021


A one day Trip! June 10th

4-H’er in grades 6-8, join us for one day adventure to central Iowa! Our adventure includes stops at:

• 1913 Antique Carousel in Story City

• Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone

• James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center in Boone

• Bio-tech lab at Iowa State University in Ames


4-H members are invited from Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Clayton and Fayette Counties! Open to all 4-H members currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. 

Complete the registration form and return with camp fee to the Black Hawk County Extension Office. Space is limited.


Registration fee is $100.00* and is due by April 30, 2021 **Registration fee increases $20 after April 30. *For more information on scholarships to defray costs, please contact the Black Hawk County Extension Office at 319-234-6811. Or email Diane at


Download Registration form and Mail to Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, Waterloo, IA  50701

April 20, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer QPR on Tuesday, May 4, and Tuesday, June 1, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, May 20, and Thursday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each program will last for one hour. Private classes for groups of 10-20 participants are also available upon request.

This program is offered to support clergy, leaders and lay members of any faith community. Clergy, congregation members, youth group leaders, volunteers and other concerned individuals can register at no cost for any of these programs. To register, go to Participants will receive a unique URL prior to the program to access the Zoom hosted program. For more information, or to schedule a private group class, contact Demi Johnson at demij@iastate.


April 14, 2021

Working in a garden

Feed your club, community, country, and world with monthly, hands-on, and research-based activities and learning opportunities focused on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and abilities.

By working together across the state to grow gardens, we can not only provide food for our loved ones, but we can donate our harvest to food pantries while engaging in the gardening experience. We are working across Extension to share information and learning opportunities for all of Iowa, and Gardening to Give is the youth-focused program for this opportunity.

The Gardening to Give program will run from March 15th-October 30th, 2021. Registation is open!  Registration gives you gardening and growing research-based monthly activities and learning information. You do not have to be a 4-H member, but if you would like more info about the nation's largest youth development organization please call 319-234-6811 or email Diane at  

Register here for Gardening to GIVE!

April 9, 2021

2 volunteers filling Extension boxes
Thank You to our Volunteers who help pack our Extension Week Boxes!
Waterloo, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of extension efforts throughout the state.
“The challenges of the past year changed how ISU Extension and Outreach serves Iowans, but not why: We want a strong Iowa. We are here for you now and always,” said Shelly Smith, Executive Director.
“This celebration is one way we say thank you to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies, and other partners who support our work in Black Hawk County,” Smith said.
Local small businesses will receive an awareness box of tools and information to support revitalizing our local economy.
Gardening seeds are available to the public and community donation gardens to sustain local foods.
Workshops on wellbeing, tools for caregivers, money smarts, preserving foods, pesticide application, youth mental health, planning for retirement, car care 101 for teenagers, and gardening are scheduled to strengthen our community.
“ISU Extension and Outreach engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and planning for tomorrow. We will continue finding new ways to deliver research-based education and information to Iowans,” Smith said.
ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.
For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach, visit or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County office. 

April 9, 2021

young kids having fun at camp

For Black Hawk, Bremer and Bulter Counties!
‘Go for the Green’ is open to youth that completed 4th, 5th, and 6th grade 

Enjoy the great outdoors at Camp Ingawanis Adventure Base near Waverly!

Hike and scout the Cedar River, challenge yourself on a ropes course, and try out the zip line! Day Campers will ‘Go for the Green’ by challenging their abilities through participating in team building activities to make it to the podium!

Wednesday, July 7th 9AM - 9PM, Camp fee is $50.00 (fee includes lunch, dinner and snacks)
Registration & fee due by June 15, 2021
Registration fee increases $10 after June 15



March 25, 2021

Cartoon carrot in the garden


Kick It with Carrots! Our statewide campaign and associated materials highlight CARROTS as the most chill vegetable of the summer! With this collective focus on this familiar, readily available local veggie, we hope to increase participation of children at summer meal sites AND support local producers.
March 23, 2021

4-Hers in Swine ring at fair

Purebred Market Swine Class

Must be weighed in and tagged at home on April 3rd.

a. Maximum 2 entries per exhibitor.  

b. Barrows/Gilts must be born January 1, 2021 or after. 

c. Barrows/Gilts must be identified by May 15 on 4-H online.   

e. Purebred barrows/gilts will be divided by breed and weight. Registration papers must be furnished at fair weigh-in. Animals must be registered in exhibitors name.

f. There must be 3 purebred barrows/gilts of one breed to have a breed specific class. If there are not at least 3 of a specific breed, purebred barrows/gilts will be shown in an AOB (all other breeds) class. 


Enter into by July 19th.

Division: Market Pigs

Class: 26202: Purebred Market Barrow/Gilt


Questions please contact Diane, 319-234-6811,

March 18, 2021

Iowa Master Conservationist Program to begin in Black Hawk County Black Hawk– Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program in April. The program teaches about Iowa’s natural ecosystems and the diversity of conservation challenges and opportunities that exist in the region. Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices for leading and educating others to improve conservation in Iowa.

Offerings of the program are organized and coordinated by county extension offices throughout the state at the discretion of individual offices and partners. To learn more or to get registered, reach out to Extension professional Steven Eilers at (319) 234-6811 or  Cost: $110.  Read more...

March 16, 2021

Food Master logo

Food Master is a series of 6 kits you can pick up at the Waterloo Public Library once a month, starting in April. Each kit is created for a family and will include materials for kids in grades 1-6 to complete the activities. This is a FREE monthly FAMILY TAKE-HOME KIT from the Waterloo Public Library that runs from April through September.  Registration is required to participate. Use the QR CODE or Click Here!
Read more....

March 16, 2021


Iowa State Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County will once again offer free garden seeds. These seeds were generously donated from various garden centers in fall of 2020 to offer them to community, school, donation, and church gardens that grow food to be donated to others.

You are getting first pick. A larger, public seed giveaway will happen in April.

Mark your calendars to pick up seeds for the qualifying garden you manage on March 29, Tuesday March 30, and Wednesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm each day. The giveaway will be in the ISU Room across the hall from our office at 3420 University Avenue. Use Door 3.

For more information, contact Steven Eilers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County Urban Agriculture Specialist at 319-234-6811 or at

March 10, 2021

4-H Youth Conference

2021 Theme: "Quest to Be Your Best"
Black Hawk County's Date is Thursday, July 1st.
Youth participants will get to attend workshops throughout campus, hear from a keynote speaker, participate in team building activities, network with others from around the state, participate in service-learning opportunities, and more!
New for 2021:
• 1 - day event taking place at Iowa State University in Ames
• Open to Iowa 4-H Youth in 8 - 12th grades
• Animal Science Round Up will be a part of this event
• Registration will open in April, REGISTER on
• Cost is $50, includes transportation
Questions, please call 319-234-6811 or email Diane at
Youth should register via beginning April 1. There is financial assistance available beginning May 1 to those who need found on 4-H Youth Conference page.

February 26, 2021

Join in the fun with Chickasaw and Black Hawk County 4-H!  Participate in either county's Facebook Live reading of children's books about agriculture, the author’s online reading of the book, OR read your own children's book about the topic.  Then mark off the correct book on the form that it has been read.  Once you have marked all of the books, turn the Read Across Iowa Map check off form to the Black Hawk County Extension Office BEFORE April 1st to get entered into the raffle for books and goodies the first week of April! 

All live sessions will happen on Wednesday evenings at 8 pm CT (bed time)
  • Wednesday, March 3
  • Wednesday, March 10
  • Wednesday, March 17
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Wednesday, March 31

Click for here for facebook links!

February 10, 2021

FREE! In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the Farmers Market Nutrition Program webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 25 or April 21.  This viewing option is provided as a service to individuals without access to a computer or limited internet service.
The Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program consists of the Women, Infants and Children FMNP and the Senior FMNP. The FMNPs are Congressionally-authorized programs that provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and farm stands to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children and low-income seniors.
The Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship does not limit the number of vendors who may become certified under FMNP. For more information and eligibility, visit IDALS Marketing, Horticulture and Farmers Markets.
Watch at HOME:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 10:30-11:30 AM (Central Time)
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL:
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:30-11:30 am (Central Time).
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL:
Watch at Black Hawk County Extension on dates listed: Please call to attend, 319-234-6811 or Contact Shelly Smith
Black Hawk County Extension: Waterloo, 3420 University Ave. Suite B., Waterloo

February 9, 2021


The scheduled dates and times are:
Preserve the Taste of Summer 101:
Thursday, March 25, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 15, 10-11 a.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18, 10-11 am and 6:30 – 7:30 pm


Preserve the Taste of Summer: Jam Making Basics
Thursday, April 29, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm


Preserve the Taste of Summer: Salsa Making Basics
Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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